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11 August 2010 :: 10:08:12 am 34954

Suspected Body of Bahraini Tourist Washes up on Beach

The dead body of a foreign man, believed to be that of a missing Bahraini tourist, has washed up on Phuket’s Karon Beach on Tuesday. Authorities are yet to confirm the deceased’s identity, but speculate that it is the body of a missing person believed to have drowned on Sunday.
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Phuket, the 10th of August 2010: Found on Phuket’s famous Karon Beach, the deceased was of foreign nationality and initial medical examinations have revealed that he had been dead for approximately 2-days.

Lieutenant Colonel Boonlert Ornklang (Chalong Police Superintendent) revealed that the body was found by locals in the early hours of Tuesday morning and is believed to be that of a Bahraini tourist who had been reported missing on Sunday.

A Bahraini national disappeared off Karon Beach on Sunday, having gone for a swim following a period of inclement weather and rough seas. Search and rescue efforts had uncovered no signs of the missing man, while the body of the man found on Tuesday appeared only 800 meters from the last known location of the missing tourist.

At present, authorities have not confirmed suspicions regarding the mans identity although his family have been notified and asked to come forth to examine the body. Currently the cause of death is noted as water inhalation asphyxia (drowning), however, a post-mortem examination is yet to be completed.

Thailand is currently in the tropical monsoon season and as such, frequent periods of stormy or inclement weather are common, causing rough seas and dangerous riptides at many of the popular tourist beaches in the Kingdom.

Despite lifesavers and red flags being in use, tragic events such as this are still a common occurrence in Thailand. In the last fortnight, a Dutch and Thai man drowned after being stuck in a deadly riptide off the coast of Koh Chang, on Thailand’s eastern seaboard.

Karon Administrators have subsequently increased the amount of lifeguards and security officers operating in the area to combat further incidents of this nature happening during monsoon season.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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